Four Gators drafted on day three

The NFL Draft ended on Saturday with eight former Florida players being selected over the three-day event, falling just one short of the school record. The Gators ended the draft with the fourth most players selected of any college. The Southeastern Conference had a record-breaking 63 players chosen.

"It has been a great weekend for Florida football," head coach Will Muschamp commented. "I'm proud of all our players who had life-long dreams realized by getting drafted. They certainly have worked very hard and dedicated themselves to get to this point in their careers. I look forward to watching them and continuing to have them be a part of our program."

The third day of the NFL Draft got off to an early start when former Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins was taken with the ninth pick in the fourth round by the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins continued their run on Florida players by taking running back Mike Gillislee with the 31st pick in the fifth round. After Chris Rainey was drafted last year, this marks the first time that Florida running backs have been drafted in back-to-back years since 1985-86.

Two picks after Gillislee, kicker Caleb Sturgis was selected by the Dolphins. He was the first kicker taken in the 2013 NFL Draft and the fourth kicker in the school's history to be chosen in the draft. He was the first Florida kicker selected since the San Francisco 49ers selected Jeff Chandler in 2002.

Safety Josh Evans was the final selection on Saturday, going with the first pick of the sixth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is the first time in program history that both of Florida's safeties were taken in the draft.

The Gators had at least one player taken in the each of the first three rounds. Linebacker Jon Bostic (Chicago Bears), safety Matt Elam (Baltimore Ravens), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (Minnesota Vikings) and tight end Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins) were all taken in the first two days of the draft.


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